An unfortunate airport incident has ruled home favourite Louis Oosthuizen out of this week’s Joburg Open, writes Stephen Barry.
Coming into the South African tournament in good form, disaster struck the 2010 Open champion upon touching down on home soil on Monday.
He got his finger jammed in a luggage trolley at the airport and the swelling has left him unable to grip a club.
Even after the cancellation of Tuesday’s pro-am event bought him more time to recover, Oosthuizen isn’t fit to tee off tomorrow.
“The body feels great but I had a different incident this week with jamming my fingers in trolleys at the airport,” he told EuropeanTour.com.
“Unfortunately, I don’t think I will be able to play this week.
“I’m here and I was ready to do everything this week. I was actually relieved there wasn’t a pro-am because I thought the rest would help but this morning is even worse than it was yesterday. I tried to grip a golf club but there’s no way I can go to my grip position.
“It’s a sad thing but you know I have had my struggles with a couple of things. My body actually feels great but when something like this happens the Monday when I travel, it’s a bit of an unfortunate one.
“I don’t want to tee off Thursday and play one hole or a few shots and then withdraw after taking someone’s spot, I just can’t do that. So I’m going to have to withdraw from this one.
“I was really looking forward to playing this week. I had a goal of getting back in the top 20 by the end of the season, I needed a good week this week so, unfortunately, that’s not going to happen.”
The 35-year-old is heading to Namibia on a family holiday but will get a scan before he leaves.
“I’m probably going to go do an X-ray today.
“I hope I didn’t crack the middle finger there somehow but it’s swollen quite a bit and it’s right on that pressure point where you hold your grip.
“I’ll have someone check it out back home and hopefully it’s nothing much.”
Louth man Gavin Moynihan will be flying the flag for Ireland when he tees off in South Africa tomorrow morning.